Honoring 19 Fallen Heroes

As you know, the wildfire in Yarnell has not only devastated the tiny Arizona town near Prescott; on Sunday afternoon, it also claimed the lives of 19 hotshot firefighters, making Sunday the deadliest day for firefighters in the U.S. since September 11, 2001.

Yesterday, Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo read the names of the 19 fallen heroes. We honor your service and we pray that you will never be forgotten. May you each rest in peace.

– Andrew Ashcraft, 29

– Kevin Woyjeck, 21

– Anthony Rose, 23

– Eric Marsh, 43

– Christopher MacKenzie, 30

– Robert Caldwell, 23

– Clayton Whitted , 28

– Scott Norris, 28

– Dustin Deford, 24

– Sean Misner, 26

– Garret Zuppiger, 27

– Travis Carter, 31

– Grant McKee, 21

– Travis Turbyfill, 27

– Jesse Steed, 36

– Wade Parker, 22

– Joe Thurston, 32

– William Warneke, 25

– John Percin, 24

There is a sacredness in tears. 
They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. 
They speak more eloquently than ten 
thousand tongues. 
They are messengers of overwhelming grief…
and unspeakable love.
–Washington Irving

Words can’t convey how saddened we are by this horrific tragedy, and like so many of you in Arizona and across the country, we want to help.

Below is a list of organizations that are accepting donations both for the families of the 19 firefighters and for the residents of Yarnell, many of whom lost their homes to the blaze.

As for the fire, it has consumed more than 8,000 acres and is currently at zero percent containment.

100 Club’s HEROS Fund in memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots

Red Cross Arizona/Grand Canyon Chapter

Prescott Firefighter’s Charities

Bashas’ supermarkets (Food City, AJ’s)

Arizona Diamondbacks

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6 responses to “Honoring 19 Fallen Heroes

  1. May God grant those left behind, his peace and comfort.

  2. Carol Scaletti

    These are my local firfighters and I went to the memorial last night. It was just hearbreaking seeing the firefighters there in so much anquish! :’(

  3. katebart

    This is one of the most beautiful tributes I’ve read. Leave it to Arizona’s quintessential storyteller! A pictorial retrospective of Arizona Hotshots and the Town of Yarnell, especially its legendary 4th of July parade, would be an issues I treasure. My connection is only heartstrings …. as an aunt of a California firefighter, and as as a young mom of a new family in Arizona, invited by neighbors to join their Hometown 4th tradition back in 1986. That’s the lasting impact an all-Arizona tiny town has!

  4. Yvita

    My prayers are that God will comfort the families of these firefighters and grant them peace in the days to come. May God wrap his loving arms around them all.

  5. Marilyn Walsh

    I think that everyone should take some food to your local firemen. We plan on a Pizza and some cookies to lift their spirits and fill their tummies for one meal they won’t have to worry about fixing.

  6. GARY HANSON

    http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1258363

    This site is the NFFF . .National Fallen Firefighter Fund. They are making available a way to donate to a fund that will make sure all donations go directly to the families of the brave men who gave “Above and Beyond” in their duties.

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